Is it Worth It? Reflecting on the Impact of Action Research

Rachel Johnson, Dixie Massey


In this companion to Sharing Ownership of Secondary Literacy Instruction, we consider the utility and sustainability of action research. Action research remains popular as part of teacher education course work, but minimal work has been devoted to evaluating the utility of action research beyond the course work. The reflections of a former graduate student and practicing teacher portray positive outcomes of action research that last beyond a single research project. Critical to sustaining the impact of action research is the culture of inquiry within the school. The same reflections challenge teacher educators to examine their goals for their action research courses and share in the risks of conducting research related to their own teaching.

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